We often get people who threaten suicide when we do something they don't like. I've mentioned it before on here, for certain. It's a response I've never entirely understood, an adult temper tantrum of the worst sort. Awhile back, I had a patient who was angry for some reason or another who threatened to kill herself. Upon being moved to a locked unit until I could have a suicide screener see her, faced with a possible inpatient psych stay, she became repentant of her threat, naturally.
Patient: "Can I please go home? I didn't really mean it when I said I was going to kill myself."
Me: "Not until the screener sees you tomorrow."
Patient: "Well, fine! If you won't let me go, maybe I'll just kill myself! *few seconds go by* Oh, wait. I didn't mean that one, either."
Me: "That's a healthy response."